Youth ministry focus

Certificate in theology, ministry and mission​

Youth ministry and pioneering have been allies for a long time.

In fact there’s a good case to be made that the current wave of pioneer ministry and fresh expressions finds its roots in youth ministry.

So we’re really pleased to be able to offer this pathway in pioneer youth ministry that combines Church Mission Society’s experience of training in pioneering mission and ministry and Frontier Youth Trust’s experience of working with young people on the margins.

The Certificate of Higher Education in Theology, Ministry and Mission is accredited by Durham University through a partnership with Ripon College, Cuddesdon. It can be focused towards pioneer youth ministry by choosing the modules which are outlined below.

These are taught over two years. Most students complete four in the first year and two in the second. Each module is generally taught over a series of seven days in Oxford. The days run from 10.30am to 4pm to give students time to travel. There are two weekends incorporated to visit and learn from  mission practice.


Introduction to the Bible (Level 4)

An overview of the purpose, context and content of the Old and New Testaments, becoming familiar with approaches to biblical study and considering how to engage biblical texts in mission and ministry.

Introduction to church history (Level 4)

An overview of church history and its social, cultural and political context, helping you to see how history might have shaped your practice and experience.

Foundations for theology and reflective practice (Level 4)

An introduction to contextual theology, principles and methods of reflection, and their place in mission and practice.

Pastoral care, ethics and ministry (Level 4)

An introduction to key issues in both pastoral care and ethics, giving you the tools and theological framework to approach pastoral situations, as well as the space to reflect on your own views and experiences.

Mission and evangelism (Level 4)

Puts the Bible in conversation with culture to help us gain greater understanding about our own practice of mission, looks at historical trends and current approaches to engaging with and witnessing to the world around us, along with practical engagement in mission.

Foundations for reflective practice in context (Level 4)

This module joins up with a placement in order to allow you to reflect on your own work in practice, and gives you a context to implement your learning from other modules.

Spirituality and discipleship (Level 4)

Explores different approaches to discipleship, considering various Christian spiritual practices and biblical models for prayer and engaging practically with these in your own life.

Values, policy and practice: youth work (Level 4)

A course exploring our understanding of the context of youth work and the values, practices and legal frameworks it entails from a Christian perspective, as well as considering methodologies for working with young people.

Basic youth work skills and practice (Level 4)

An introduction to good practice in youth work, including key skills in relationships, communication, teaching, learning styles, administration and leadership, as well as the chance to develop these skills in your ministry setting.